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My cell phone and computer automatically log onto my wifi when they are turned on. If I am using NO apps am I still using precious data?

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My cell phone and computer automatically log onto my wifi when they are turned on. If I am using NO apps am I still using precious data?

My cell phone and computer automatically log onto my wifi when they are turned on. If I am not using ANY apps or ANY internet programs, and apps and programs are turned OFF, I'm working off line, am I still using precious data?
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Re: My cell phone and computer automatically log onto my wifi when they are turned on. If I am using NO apps am I still using precious data?

Hi bberquist,

Thanks for posting and welcome to the community! Simply, yes. There will be some usage. Once connected to the internet, any device starts communicating via assets it uses. Many times just because an app is not open, you would still receive push notifications unless you've gone in the app settings and turned them off. So, the service for this to continue functioning is checking in intervals depending on how it's set. Best thing to do is only connect to WiFi when you are going to be using the device online. Computers depend on the operating system however they work similarly. Hope this helps.

- Chris
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Re: My cell phone and computer automatically log onto my wifi when they are turned on. If I am using NO apps am I still using precious data?

Your phones & computer can still do updates & push notifications like Chris said ! When on facebook please be sure to cut videos from auto always autoplay to only auto off or you will eat through data like an termite on wood !!! LOL
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Re: My cell phone and computer automatically log onto my wifi when they are turned on. If I am using NO apps am I still using precious data?

Any time a device is powered on that has access to your home network, it is capable of consuming data regardless of whether you are actively using it or not unless it's in a sleep state (with no auto wake settings up enabled) or full hibernation state - you don't even have to be logged into the operating system with username and password for that to occur.

For example, under Windows (maybe others) it requires knowing the subtle differences between being logged off, sleeping and hibernating and how power is configured. sleep can sometimes be a tricky one since there are some events that can cause the operating system to awaken dependent on configuration - a a real life example, the dog pictured at left has been known to awaken my computer from its sleep with a simple brush of his tail on the mouse or keyboard (he's taller than most). In that case, the dog did in fact eat my data  - but I've since corrected it so that he'd have to press the power button.